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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Halloween in January!!!!!

Hello blogging friends: I know, we still have snow on the ground and Halloween is very far away in the calendar but, I need some cards for this stash that gets neglected throughout the year and then, I'm in a frantic race to make cards for family and friends who still enjoy a cute Trick or Treat card.
This one is definitely CUTE, but then again it's made with an image of Monica the  mousy from House Mouse Designs, all dressed up to go hunting for candy.  


What do you think, eh? Isn't she adorable?  I stamped the image on an A2 watercolor card base with Stazon black ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils and paper stumps dipped in Gamsol. The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Teeny Tiny Wishes".

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This is a picture of the finished inside of my card. The sentiment is from my stash of unknown images and the pumpkin from a retired Flourishes set called "Withching You a Happy Halloween"


I'm playing along wit the following challenges.


Allsorts Challenge Week #451 "Butterflies"

Send a Smile 4 Kids "Anything Goes for Kids"

Cute Card Thursday Challenge #513 "Something Fun"

Moving Along With The Times Challenge #63 "CAS"

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Wetlands Twofer.....

Hello everyone: I have another TWOFER to share today, I'm really having fun with this challenge.  I decided to make a couple of masculine cards, I realized I only have like 3 in my stash and that is bad, I think I don't often make this type of cards because guy cards are hard for me to create and that is why I'm so happy to own the retired "Wetlands" stamp set by Stampin' Up!, which is just perfect for masculine cards, all the images and the sentiments are beautiful and not girly at all.


Simple and with few embellishments, I'm very happy with the way these two cards came out.
With a bit of sponging on the left card and some watercolors on the right card, I was able to create two different scenes using the same image of this cute Sandpipers.
I took the pictures of the cards together on top of my work desk, they don't fit in the little cube I use all the time to photograph them. Here are the individual shots.




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Here is the picture of the inside of both cards, finishing the inside saves me time when I mail them.


The sentiment on the left card is from a set by Power Poppy called Dynamic Duos: Foxglove and Ranunculus, which happens to be on sale today, 😉
The sentiment on the right card is from a retired Flourishes set called "Gerbera Daisies"

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


Oddball Art Stamps Blog Challenge January "Feature a Creature"


DL.ART Challenge #220 "Winter" optional theme "Thank You"

Crafty Animals Challenge #10 "Anything Goes"

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Eat Your Veggies.....

Hello dear blog friends: Here is another card I made to play along with the Power Poppy January Challenge which is providing 10 fabulous sketches for us to play with, this is my third entry to this challenge, I'll also link this card to a few more challenges at the end of this post.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called FARMERS MARKET, I just love all the delicious, fresh and beautiful veggies in this set.
I stamped my gorgeous purple cauliflower on a die cut piece of watercolor paper with Stazon black in and colored it with my Sakura Koi watercolors. The little sentiment on the tag is from the set, the patter papers are from a discontinued line from Lili of the Valley, the fence was punched with a Martha Stewart punch.

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Finishing the inside of my cards saves time when I mail them and they give the recipient something pretty to look at when they open the card.


Both the sentiment and the apples are from the set.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


This is the sketch I used from their Card Maps, this is the one I used.


Craft-Dee BowZ Anything goes with a handmade bow, mine is tiny but it's there.

One Crazy Stamper Anything goes with a twist, add purple or blue and a ribbon or button.

Paper Creator "Anything Goes"

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

White on White for RR #78.....

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Hello everyone: I hope your Holidays were filled with Joy and Peace, family and friends and, of course, lots of goodies, from my family to yours, we wish you a fabulous 2018!!!!!

So here we are, launching a brand new challenge for you to have fun with and the theme is "WHITE ON WHITE", and like the banner says, you can use a neutral color.
So here's my card and I hope it inspires you to come play along with my teammates and me  in the RETRO RUBBER gallery.


This card came together really quickly, I had the two butterflies, from the retired Stampin' Up! set "Papillon Potpourri"(2012-2013 Idea Book and Catalog)  already stamped and punched, all I did to them was to color the wings black with a Prismacolor Pencil and a paper stump dipped in Gamsol and a bit of gold to them,  I punched the main panel with a label punch and die cut the flower with an old die that I think comes from Elizabeth Craft Designs, but I'm not to sure, the detail on top was punched with the retired SU Dotted Scalloped Border Punch and finally, I added a few small pearls to the flourishes on the flower. The sentiment is from a retired Flourishes set called "Tulips for Friends" that dates from March of 2013.

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I started finishing the inside of my cards at the beginning of last year, it saves me lots of time when I mail them, here's a picture of the inside of my card.


The sentiment is from another discontinued set from Flourishes called "Magnolias" that dates back from 2012.  I stamped it and then die cut it with one of the dies from a Spellbinders set called "Oval Regalia".
So there you have it, the first RETRO RUBBER Challenge of 2018, I hope my card inspires you to come and play along with my teammates and me in our gallery.
Please remember to read our rules, one of them is that, at least one of the rubber stamps you use, needs to be older than one year, this challenge blog is dedicated to using our old and sometimes forgotten stamp sets, so lets give them a chance to get inked up and be useful again.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Big and Sentimental.....

Hello Blogging friends: Lets get SENTIMENTAL, shall we?  The SHOPPING OUR STASH has a new challenge for you to play with this week, we want you to make your SENTIMENT the focal point on your card so, here is the card I made that I hope will inspire you to come and play along.


When I go to the craft stores for supplies, I always take a peek at the bargain/clearance section before I leave the store and, more often than not, I find really great stuff, from stamps to ink, paper, etc. and this stamp set is one of those great finds.  It's from Penny Black and it's called "Life Messages", this one I think, it's perfect for a soon to be Graduate.
I stamped this beautiful sentiment using my MISTI, I don't think I would have been able to highlight the words any other way. I used my SU markers and Versafine black ink.

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I always finish the inside of my cards, saves me time when mailing them.


All of the images are from a Friskars stamp set also found in the bargain section.

I hope you go dig out your sentiment stamps and come and play with us at the SHOPPING OUR STASH gallery, we can't wait to see what you create.
Stop by my teammates blogs to see their beautiful creations, get more inspired and join us.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Little Reminder.....


Hello again everyone: We are at the half way point at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, where we are doing a fun technique called "Spotlight Stamping", this means that you stamp your flower image and just color certain spots on it.  Maybe you'll color a vertical strip or a circle or just go around the image and color small parts of it so, we hope you give this challenge a try and share your creations in our gallery.  Here is my card that I hope will inspire you to play along.


I stamped this image from an old Flourishes set called "Dahlias" on a die cut piece of watercolor paper with Versafine black ink and clear heat emboss it then, just color a few parts of it with SU markers and ink pads, the sentiment is from this set.
The pattern paper in the background is from Lili of the Valley (retired) and from an old pad from the craft store.  I must confess I had to stop myself from coloring the entire image, LOL!!

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Finishing the inside of my cards is fun and saves me a lot of time when mailing them.


The sentiment and cute little party horn are from a Power Poppy set called Marcella's Mixed Tape Volume 1, it has a lot of really fun images. The little party horn was colored with Prismacolor pencils and a paper stump dipped in Gamsol. I used to use baby oil but the Gamsol is so much better.

I hope you find some inspiration in my card, for even more inspiration please visit THE FLOWER CHALLENGE blog and checkout my teammates fabulous creations. While you are there, visit their blogs and leave them some comment love.
Please don't forget to read and follow our rules and also, please include our banner for this challenge on your blog post when you upload your cards to the gallery.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




Sunday, January 14, 2018

I Got a Twofer!!!!!

HELLO BLOGGING FRIENDS: I'VE BEEN HAVING TROUBLE WITH MY COMMENT SECTION FOR A WHILE NOW, SOME OF MY FRIENDS HAVE HAD A HARD TIME PUBLISHING THEIR COMMENTS AND THAT IS JUST TERRIBLE.  
MY FRIEND LESLIE MILLER FROM RUNNING WITH SCISSORS SUGGESTED TO CHANGE THE COMMENT FORMAT FROM "EMBEDDED" TO "POP WINDOW" SO THAT'S WHAT I DID, I TRULY HOPE THIS WILL MAKE IT EASIER ON YOU TO VISIT AND LEAVE ME YOUR SWEET COMMENTS, THANK YOU!!
MARIA.

Hello dear blog friends: I don't know if you know that there is a new challenge out there in Blog Land, this one was created by Darnell Knauss and it's called Twofer Card Challenge.  The purpose of this challenge is to create two totally different cards using the same stamp set, the occasion has to be different too, Darnell has easy to follow rules for this first Twofer Challenge.
Here are my cards.


It was a bit tricky to fit both of the cards inside my little cube so I think I'm going to have to think of a better way to do it for when I play again next time.



The fabulous image is from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Best Birds" and I really love it.
All the images were stamped on Strathmore watercolor paper with Stazon black ink for the left side card and with Versafine black ink (clear heat embossed) for the one on the right side, colored with SU markers and Prismacolor pencils and then fussy cut.  The sentiment on the left side card is from the "Best Birds" set and the one on the right side is from Power Poppy Daffodils, I actually combined 2 sentiments from this same set.

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And here's the picture of the insides of both my cards. Finishing the cards this way saves me time when I mail them, I think they look really pretty and finished.


Both sentiments are from the retired Stampin' Up! set called "Perfectly Penned", I really love the font on these sentiments.  The word SOON is from a sentiment set of unknown origins, LOL!! it's very old but I really like the different fonts and sentiments for any occasion.
The little bouquets of flowers are from a retired Flourishes set called "From the Garden".

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


As You See It Challenge, I used the sketch on the card with the bluebird.

Crazy 4 Challenges #417 "Celebrate Rubber Ducky Day", (any feathered friend will do if you don't have a ducky stamp.
Allsorts Challenge week #450 "No Pattern Papers"

Challenge Up Your Life Challenge #82 "Embossing Folders"

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




Friday, January 12, 2018

While Waiting.....

Hello everyone: Yesterday, January 11th. were were gifted with a very unusually warm day for this first month of 2018, the temperatures actually went up to 60!!! so, needless to say, all the snow is gone so everything looks kind of yucky and muddy. Well, today we are back to reality with a temperature of 22 degrees as I write this post, oh well.....after all, it's still Winter.
Anyway, I made a card today that has all the colors of Spring, maybe it's because I desperately want to see flowers and butterflies and humming birds. I will play along with a few challenges at the end of this post.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called Spring Time Love, stamped it on watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with some SU markers and Sakura Koi watercolors.
The pattern papers are from Lili of the Valley and my stash.

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I've made a resolution last January of finishing the inside of my cards, I've kept it up and I love it. This saves me time when I mail them and they look really nice.


The sentiment is from the same set and the little Tulips are from an old Flourishes set called "From the Garden"

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge #85 (use the colors on the inspiration photo)
 

Moving Along With the Times Challenge #62 "Flowers"

As You Like It "Anything Goes"

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #385, "No Winter Blues" Don't use BLUE"

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Something Old, Something New.....

Hello dear blogging friends: My teammates and I over at SHOPPING OUR STASH
have a new challenge for you to play with that I'm sure you'll like.  This time we want you to use something very old and something very new on your cards.  I know for a fact that all of us have a bunch of old stamp sets, die sets, paper, etc. in our stashes and, I also know that most of us got some new goodies from Santa this past Christmas, so lets play with all of this stuff and join us in our gallery.
Here is my card, hope you like it.


I've been waiting for the chance to open this brand new set from My Favorite Things called Magical Dragons, which I've been after for a long time. I finally caved in and bought it just after Christmas and it arrived 3 days ago. This sweet little images are just about the cutest and I love them all.
I die cut a panel of Strathmore watercolor paper with a postage stamp die set that is about 2 years old, then I stamped my images with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed them then I colored them using my Sakura Koi watercolors.  The clouds were cut with a die set that is maybe 3 years old and the sentiment, which is from the set, was stamped and die cut with a super old Spellbinders banner set and, with the paper still in the die, I sponged a bit of Broken Glass distress ink.

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Finishing the inside of my cards has become a really great habit, it saves me a lot of time when I mail my cards. 


The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called Sassy Succulents, this stamp set made it's debut in May of 2014, super adorable little images.  The flourish and butterflies are just a few months old.

So we hope you ink up your brand new stamps and also, go dig out some old favorites and come and play with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, we can't wait to see what you create.

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Power Poppy January Challenge.....

Hello dear blogging friends: I've been a hard core fan of Marcella Hawley for a very, very long time, she is the fabulous owner and creator of Power Poppy, her amazing illustrations are a delight to color and you can create beautiful cards with them.  The January Power and Spark challenge hosted by Julie Koerber, is providing a bunch of fabulous "CARD MAPS" for us to play with.  This is the card I made for this challenge and I will play along with a few other challenges at the end of this post.


This image is from a Power Poppy set called Under Glass Christmas Traditions, both sentiments are from the set. I stamped the image on some watercolor paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with Sakura Koi watercolors. I added some Diamond Dust to the puffy embellishments on the top. This stuff is so cool, it sparkles really beautifully in real life.
The little bow on the sentiment was found on my little box where I keep die cuts that I didn't use, it really came in handy this time.  The little hearts are punched with a retired SU corner punch.

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I always finish the inside of all my cards, saves a lot of time when I mail them.


The sentiment is from another Power Poppy set called Poinsettia and the little gift on the bottom corner from Merry Littles, also from Power Poppy.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Power and Spark from Power Poppy, I used this Card Map.

Dare2BArtzy "Winter Wonderland"

Fashionable Stamping Challenge Theme "Celebrate"

A Gem of a Challenge #210 "Happy Anything" 

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Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Beautiful Season.....

Hello dear blogging friends: In my efforts to have a good stash of Holiday cards by at least November, here I am with another Christmas card that I hope you'll enjoy. I will play along with a few challenges at the end of this post.


This image is from one of my very first Stampin' Up! sets called "Beautiful Season" which came out in the 2011-2012 idea book and catalog, it's indeed BEAUTIFUL, love the sweet Chickadee perched on that lovely Holly branch.
I stamped it onto a piece of Arches 90lb. cold press watercolor paper, which was a gift from my granddaughter Vanessa, I love this paper, it's rough surface makes your image really stand out and the colors blend beautifully.
I colored it with SU markers and also a bit of Sakura Koi watercolors, the pattern papers are from a retired Lili of the Valley line, the sentiment is from the set and the Poinsettia flower from Power Poppy's Merry Littles.

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Finishing the inside of my cards is a great way to save time when I mail them. 
The sentiment is also from the "A Beautiful Season" set.


I'm playing along with the following challenges.

Inspired by all the Little Things Challenge #77 featuring Linda Snodgrass.


The House that Stamps Built DCC13, "Things with Wings"

Craftaholics R Us Challenge #1 "Celebrations"

The Crafty Addicts Challenge #44 "Anything Goes/optional Winter Blues"


Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Grateful.....

Hello everyone: This week, a dear friend of mine of many years was welcomed to be a Designer for a challenge blog named CAS(E) this Sketch, that friend is Mr. Brian King from Stamp With Brian.  I've been following Brian since day one back in 2013, I always enjoy his amazing talent and sense of humor, his kindness and generosity and, most of all, his friendship.
So, in honor of Mr. King's brand new Designer spot at CAS(E) this sketch, I'm submitting this card and I will play along with a few challenges at the end of this post.


This sweet little mousy is from my other favorite critter stamp set from Penny Black called Hugs. I stamped it onto a panel of water color paper with Stazon black ink and colored it with Sakura Koi watercolors, I sponged a bit of Tumbled Glass distress ink and stamped the sentiment from an old Flourishes set called "Lots of Thoughts".

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Finishing the inside of my cards is a great habit I picked up a year ago, it saves a lot of time when I mail them.


The sentiment is from another Flourishes stamp set called "Picking Wild Flowers", the little mouse is from a Penny Black set called Critter Party.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.


Time Out Challenges Challenge #100

Moving Along With The Times Challenge #62 "Flowers"


Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Here I go.....

Hello everyone: Here is my very first Christmas card of 2018, I hope it will be a great year for creating and learning, sharing and making new friends.
This card is made with one of my favorite Christmas Power Poppy sets called Spice it Up, I can almost smell the delicious aroma of cloves and oranges.
I'm linking this card to a few challenges at the end of this post.


I stamped this image on a panel of Blick Studio Drawing Paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed it in gold. My granddaughter gave me this huge pad of this paper and I really love it.  It is great to color with Prismacolor pencils and, to my amazement, it also can take heat embossing and water, it's very smooth and the colors blend beautifully.  I used SU markers and an aqua painter to color this image.
The ribbon is from my stash.

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Finishing the inside of all my cards has saved me lots of time when I mail them, it might take a bit extra time to do it but, in the end, the cards look beautifully finished.


The sentiment is from the "Spice it Up" set and the little mug from another Power Poppy set called Merry Littles, this is my "go to" set to add a little extra image to the inside of the cards.

I'm playing along with the following challenges.



Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #273 "Holiday"


Christmas at Sweet Stamping "Anything Christmas Goes"


The Merry Christmas Challenge #1 "Anything Goes Christmas"
The Merry Christmas Challenge

Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express. 
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.